Archive for November 14th, 2008

Can you really rent-a-coder?

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Over the past year or two I’ve kept an eye on the various online consulting sites – Elance,, RentACoder, oDesk. I’ve actually used RentACoder once (as a buyer on a very small project) and was satisfied with the results – though I suspect I spent more time writing the spec and managing the programmers than I would if I had done the work myself.

I do think we are likely moving into a recession the likes of which our parents and grandparents talked about (shhhh… let’s not use the D word). But I also think it is a very different world – and whatever ends up happening will not be like the 1930’s. One of the big differences is, of course, the Internet.

These online consultant sites (and more that I expect will appear) are part of the difference. I expect more people (not just software developers) will find themselves taking on project based jobs as compared to employment as things get worse.

Yesterday I wrote a column introducing these four online consulting sites – if you are not familiar with them you might want to check it out.

For those who are familiar with the concept, and perhaps with one or two of them, you might be interested in my follow-up column that compares key features of all four sites.

I’d be interested in hearing of experiences you may have had (good or bad) with any of them.